LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A coal miner was killed and two others injured in an accident at a Harlan County underground mine Tuesday.
The accident was reported around noon. The deceased miner has been identified as Lenny D. Gilliam, age 56, of Appalachia, Va. The two injured miners are Terry Scott and Johnny Nantz. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
A news release states that indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.
The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing and is located near Holmes Mill on Black Mountain.
This is the second mining-related fatality in Kentucky in 2013. In January, a miner welding a liner to a dozer blade and was struck by the liner when a jack supporting the blade slipped.